History Hike is June 9, prize drawing sponsored by Foglight Foodhouse

Posted by | June 2, 2018 6:02 am

History and fun will come together June 9 for a Family Fun Frolic at the Cookeville Depot and Cookeville history museums.

“We’re so excited to welcome area families to our fourth Family Fun Frolic,” Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, said. “What could be better than getting out for some free, family fun on a warm June Saturday?”

The free activity, a fun twist on the museums’ monthly History Hikes, will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Participants may begin either at the Depot, 116 W. Broad St., with old-fashioned games like checkers and cornhole or the History Museum, 40 E. Broad St., with ladder golf and lawn darts, as well … Read More


Insurance enrollment assistance available at W.C. Health Department

Posted by | June 2, 2018 5:51 am

Have you recently experienced a life event that resulted in the loss of your health insurance coverage? If so, you may qualify for a special enrollment period through the Healthcare Marketplace Exchange.

White County Health Department/Community Health Center has a certified application counselor available to assist those who may have lost health insurance coverage, recently married, had a child or will be losing health insurance within 60 days. If you think that you may qualify, please call the White County Health Department/Community Health Center at (931) 836-2201.


Motlow State Testing Center to offer Residual ACT Assessment Test for summer and fall semester

Posted by | June 2, 2018 5:41 am

Motlow State Community College Testing Center will administer the Residual ACT exam on June 15 and 21, July 20, and August 10 from 8:30 a.m. – noon, and on July 31 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. The test will be administered in room 1043 of the Crouch Center on the Moore County campus.

The Residual ACT is for individuals under 21 years of age who are planning to attend Motlow State and were unable to take the ACT on a national test day. A Motlow admission application must be on file prior to taking the Residual ACT.

To be eligible to take the test, applicants must complete the … Read More


John Carlis Gilbert

Posted by | June 1, 2018 3:44 pm

John Carlis Gilbert, 76, of Doyle, passed away May 30, 2018, at his home, surrounded by family.

Mr. Gilbert was born Sept. 18, 1941, in Sparta, to Bud R. Gilbert and Sarah Louise Wilson.  He married Mary Nell Watford Gilbert.  He was a member of Spencer Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jackie Gilbert; and sisters, Pat Morgan and Linda West.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Watford Gilbert; son, John Kevin Gilbert (Sandra); daughters, Kimberly Graham (Jason), Kathy Hawkins (Nathan), Carla Murney (John); brothers, Bud T. Gilbert, Mike Gilbert; sister, Faye Hill; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephew.… Read More


Commander’s Call

Posted by | June 1, 2018 2:39 pm

This column is written by Hansel Moore, commander of the American Legion Post 207, in Spencer, Tennessee. It is to inform veterans and community members of news and events related the veterans in Van Buren County.

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN – I would like to thank all neighbors who took time to gather together as a community to remember the soldiers of Van Buren County whose names appear on the stone monuments of the courthouse square. On Memorial Day, a number of organizations and individuals took part in a ceremony that paid homage to our fallen heroes.

American Legion Post 207 – Host & Logistics

American Legion Post 173 … Read More



Van Buren County honors fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Posted by | June 1, 2018 2:14 pm

Numerous veterans and community members attended the Memorial Day Ceremony, in Van Buren County, that honored the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. L-R: Bob McCoy, American Legion Post 207 chaplain, Lester Conway, Bruce Baldwin, and Paul Ramsey. See more photos on 7A and 8A. (Photo by HANSEL MOORE, LOU ANN MYERS, NANCY WEINTRAUB)

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Dive into some new summer fun

Posted by | June 1, 2018 2:01 pm

Memorial Day weekend is the official start of summer. Fall Creek Falls State park was ready to host many visitors, and it was evident by the license plates that lovers of Fall Creek Falls come from far and near.

As the heat outside turns up, the pool becomes a magnet for both young and old to cool off.   The daring divers show off their moves on the diving boards, as the young guppies get to cool off in a pool of their own.

A professionally trained team of lifeguards is on duty to make sure that everyone stays safe. Behind the sunglasses are the eyes that are continually … Read More


Hang on, it’s rodeo time

Posted by | June 1, 2018 1:53 pm

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This past weekend produced a lot of rain, but that did not dampen the opening rodeo of the season.

The Lil Wrangler Jr. Rodeo went on as planned. Through rain, mud, and more mud, young contestants with determination held on tight.

The Lil Wrangler Jr. Rodeo is one of the Van Buren treasures for youth and is an introduction of many into the world of rodeo riding and a way of sharpening skills for developing riders.

The organization provides six rodeos a year, from May through October, on the fourth Saturday of the month. It operates through donations and hardworking volunteers to provide these … Read More


Thou shall not display the Ten Commandments

Posted by | June 1, 2018 1:46 pm

By Hansel Moore – contributor

A post was recently added to the Van Buren County Facebook page of new administration building with a photo of the Ten Commandments in the foreground.

It did not take long for someone 1,034 miles away to weigh in on the display as an “offensive travesty” greeting people in Van Buren Tennessee. Through the protective layers of anonymity of the internet, a verbal volleying occurred.

One man said, “It is a shame that the mayor does not respect the U.S. Constitution and is openly violating it with this post and the monument. Enjoy your lawsuit.”

County Mayor Greg Wilson took a moment to … Read More


8-hour power outage caused by uprooted tree on North Church

Posted by | June 1, 2018 1:17 pm

Many thanks are extended to Sparta Electric System for working steadfastly to restore power to the North Church Street area, in the city of Sparta. Around 4:30 a.m., today, power was lost because of a tree that was uprooted during the storm. According to Dillard Quick, public works director for the City of Sparta, the tree was estimated to be approximately 200 years old. The tree fell across power lines, which had to be re-strung. City crews were also tasked with cleaning up the massive amount of debris that accompanied the downed lines. Power was restored at approximately 1 p.m.  (Photos by DILLARD QUICK)


Times worth remembering

Posted by | May 31, 2018 12:54 pm

By Cheri Biggs Harper

I remember, as a small child growing up on Bon Air, wondering why anyone lived up there. It always seemed like there were a lot of people considering the fact there was really nothing else – no stores, except Bon Air Market, DeRossett Market, or Marshall’s at the corner of Eastland, a dive bar here or there, and sometimes a restaurant would pop up and attempt to start but never quite make a run of it. You had to drive to Crossville or Sparta to do any actual shopping or to find work. I remember being baffled at why so many people chose to … Read More


Continuing to be supportive grandparents

Posted by | May 31, 2018 12:49 pm

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

We left Wilmington, North Carolina, in a downpour. As College Avenue became the eastern terminus of I-40, we turned the flashers on. The buckets of rain kept getting bigger. A couple of times we thought we heard “woofs” and “meows” as it continued to rain cats and dogs.

…but nothing could dampen our spirits, as Sammie and I relived the dance recital.

“Wasn’t Katie Grace precious?”

“…so stinking cute.”

“It was well worth the effort!”

If we said those words once, we repeated them a dozen times. Fortunately, the rain subsided, and the nearly 400-mile drive to Bristol was only partly flooded. … Read More


The dark art of political intimidation

Posted by | May 31, 2018 12:47 pm

Language of Liberty – By Kimberly Strassel

This is the United States of America. You are totally free to express your political views. No one is going to tell you what you can say or how you can say it, right? But what if you thought you’d be audited by the IRS or have your business boycotted or even lose your job? Would you speak freely then?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. It’s happening to Americans right now. It’s what I call “The Intimidation Game.”

The object of this very real “game” is to make political opponents pay a high price for expressing their opinions. It was a … Read More


Active shooter attack response course to take place in Sparta

Posted by | May 31, 2018 12:45 pm

An active shooter or a terrorist situation is the subject of nightmares for any town, and, in light of the growing number of school shootings, is now a subject that every town has to address and be prepared for.

This is no different for the town of Sparta. Dr. Mollie Dodson recognized the need for training in schools and first responders in the event an active shooter or a terrorist situation should happen in White County, and she decided to do something about it.

Dodson’s office contacted Johnny Sexton, CCEMT-P, CEO, of TME Training Inc., in Dover, Tennessee. The training course will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m., June 1 … Read More


Celebrate National Donut Day

Posted by | May 31, 2018 12:38 pm

An employee of CH Donuts prepares for the morning rush hour as he places some delicious, hot and tasty donuts in the display case. (Photo by ASHLEE BURGER)

By Ashlee Burger, contributor

Every year, on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Donut (Doughnut) Day.

This day not only celebrates the donut, but it also honors the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. These women were known as Salvation Army Lassies. The donut, or ‘doughnut’, was actually created by the Salvation Army, in the early 1900’s.

During this time, the donuts were cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. These American infantrymen were commonly called ‘doughboys,’ leading the U.S. to formally address this food item as a donut. What began as a fundraising bake sale and a … Read More


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